Sunday, December 28, 2014

Baby Quilts...and a new machine!

I was given the most amazing and perfect Christmas gift for me...a new Bernina 750 Quilters Edition!!! I am so lucky and grateful and over the moon ...and I have the best boyfriend in the world!!

I had two baby quilts mostly pieced and I got to try free motion quilting for the first time!!! I had been struggling for a couple of years to try to FMQ on my old singer and it just wasn't happening. 

This "garland" quilt was one big new experience! I used the quick curve ruler to piece curves for the first time. I strayed from the pattern and made it into garland
motif, and used polka dots in alternating rows. This was my very first free motion experience and I tried several different patterns. 

The back is pieced from fabric I had on hand. This is after being washed and dried for that perfect crinkle!

The second baby quilt is made for one of my very good friends who is having a baby in February. I used the pink and blue charms left over from my radiating star quilt, some kona solids, and scamper by birch for the sashing. I did simple 16" star blocks which were really fun. The organic birch fabric pressed nice and crisp and was pleasing to work with.

I used an all over stipple pattern for the quilting and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Of course there are some flaws but overall I am excited about my FMQ so far!! 

Detail of block 

Detail of quilting and pink flower binding. The back is all one piece of scamper by birch.

This is also my first time posting from the blogger app! Out with the old, in with the new!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

baby quilt finish for abby

i made a color-blocked scrappy trip around the world for my friend who is having a baby! i only photographed it with an iphone, sorry for quality! when i started this quilt, the gender was unknown but we found out quickly it will be a girl! i think the rainbow works great for either boy or girl. straightline quilted simply on the diagonal, and backed in "Sparrow" in leaf from Oh Deer! by momo. I used a woodbark print in light blue for the binding.

welcome to the world, abby! i hope you get lots of tummy time on this quilt made just for you by your tante mandy.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

tula pink finish

my second finish of 2014! that is good for me. this quilt was made almost entirely of tula pink prints. she is one of my favorite designers and i love love love everything she puts out. i decided to use larger piecing in this quilt for ease and quickness and also to show off these amazing prints. the backing is a juliana horner print that i picked up at joann, and i used a panel of the pieced part down the middle. finished dimensions 70" x 78". i used a simple swiss dot as a binding, and used variegated thread on my straightline quilting. there are so many wonderful surprises in the tula pink prints, this will make a lovely gift for a special friend. i hope she spends lots of time picking out her favorite details. xo

Sunday, February 16, 2014

radiating star finish

a YEAR LATER, i finally have another finish! i was inspired by this photo and wanted to make a full size version. i used bella porcelain and opal owl by tina givens charm squares for the half square triangles. the opal owl prints have a whimsical nature-y feel to them.
finished dimensions 70" x 78"
i used a flannel burlap print from joann for the backing, flannel-backed quilts are so cozy! i also used joann fabric for the sashing and binding, i tried to focus on browns to masculine-it-up some.
while i was photographing this quilt over my fence, i was enjoying the awesome scent of the jasmine that is exploding into bloom right now.
and always under the supervision of my constant companion, of course.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Summer's Down | Finish

in the fall of 2012, i became bored, listless. i was even disinterested in music, which had been a source of happiness to me always.

and then i heard this song. (go ahead, push play! it will add to the experience!)

"summer's down" by blue boats.

it changed everything for me. somehow, this one song represented freedom and joy and injected a spark back into my life. i listened to it on repeat, constantly. it truly inspired me. i sang along loudly in my car. i played it for everyone who would listen. i was so taken with it.

so of course, i had to make a quilt! and what better to represent freedom and joy than bluebirds? i modified a maple leaf block, when i left off the stems they looked like bluebirds in flight to me.


i collected many fabrics, all shades of blue and unisex patterns. i wanted there to be an abstract hint of water, as well as sky. there is a lone lavender flyer because, well, i am a bit of an odd bird. there's always one.


the back.

my signature block.


i used a 100% cotton batting, the loft is very light, it will be a nice springtime picnic quilt. finished dimensions 70" x 69"


i used mattress ticking for the binding, i love how it turned out.


thank you, olly blue boats for making your wonderful song. thanks for waking me up. and thanks for the inspiration that is now the summer's down quilt. :)


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

bali pop quilt finish!

i finished this bali pop quilt last night, it will be a gift for my niece autumn, who is two years old.
i got the balipop at bolts in the bathtub in lancaster, ca, and picked up some starry night backing at joann's.
i used a pink star print for the binding and i signed and dated the quilt on the back bottom corner.
i loved working with batiks, they are the same on both sides, so i had to be extra careful when making the top! but they are so gorgeous.
finished size is 52 x 56, a child size quilt.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

jelly roll quilt FINISH

i made this jelly roll quilt for my friend sherri as a birthday gift.
i ordered a jelly roll from fat quarter shop called birds & berries by lauren and jessi jung for moda fabrics. i thought it fit sherri's personality and the prints reminded me of her. i also mixed in some solids from a bright kona solids jelly roll.
i tricked sherri into picking out the backing fabrics, she had no idea the quilt was for her. i love the florals she chose from joann's.
used straightline quilting on my singer machine and then made the binding from an orange polka dot. i like using dots for bindings. i think all the fabrics somehow work well together.